9780340808641

The English Writing System

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  • ISBN13:

    9780340808641

  • ISBN10:

    0340808640

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2004-01-30
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

The English Language series, which is international in focus, aims to synthesize the wealth of existing linguistic research both on and in English. The English Writing System describes how writing is not simply ancillary to other aspects of language but vitally important to almost everything we do. This book discusses the mechanics of the writing systems of English; the different ways people process words on a page and the mistakes they can make; how children and second language learners acquire these systems; the historical development of the language and the progress of writing technology; in short, the effectiveness of the writing systems of English.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii
Ways of writing
1(30)
Meaning-based and sound-based writing
2(13)
Two ways of processing written language
15(16)
The multi-dimensions of spoken and written English
31(23)
Differences between the visual and acoustic media
32(6)
Special features of written English
38(16)
Approaches to English spelling
54(35)
Basic rules for English
55(6)
Venezky: correspondence rules and markers
61(7)
Albrow: three systems of English spelling
68(8)
Noam and Carol Chomsky: lexical representation
76(13)
Punctuation and typography
89(32)
Grammatical and correspondence punctuation
91(16)
The typography of English
107(14)
Learning the English writing system
121(28)
English-speaking children's acquisition of spelling
122(16)
Acquisition of English spelling by speakers of other languages
138(11)
Historical changes in the English writing system
149(29)
Before English
151(2)
Old English
153(5)
Middle English
158(4)
From Early Modern English to Modern English
162(16)
Variation in the English writing system
178(27)
Differences of region: `British' and `American' spelling styles
179(7)
Novel spellings of pop groups and business names
186(7)
Adapting English to modern means of communication
193(12)
References 205(10)
IPA transcription of English phonemes 215(2)
Index 217

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